“Get back on the field, dickhead!”
– One spectator in particular didn’t take kindly to Adam I’s sideline stretches.
The Herston Hatchets played their first pre-season friendly of 2016 tonight, resulting in a 0-0 draw with QUT. While the boys in red were definitely the better side, they were unable to put away any chances. The crowd, and by ‘crowd’ I mean Steven’s girlfriend, was left unsatisfied yet again.
This was the first time the two teams had met since their semi-final last year, which finished 2-1 to QUT after extra time. It was bound to be a fiery affair, and there were worries from some pundits that the lack of official referees would cause the game to boil over. But to their credit, the makeshift whistleblower combination of Tom K and Adam I performed admirably.
It was also the first game for new coaching partnership of Simon and Steven. Loudly proclaiming that “we’re going to do this Rockhampton-style”, the Boggis and Bean combination unveiled their brand new whiteboard to the squad pre-game.
A cagey opening gave way to a cagier middle period. The Hatchets were finding a lot of success when they could move the ball to the flanks, and some nice passing moves produced chances for Jack and Tej. However, they were vulnerable to a fast-breaking QUT side which would probably have been harder to defend against if they had attempted a single pass. Neither team could convert their chances, and it was 0-0 at the break.
The new coaches wasted no time in telling their lads that the performance was not up to scratch. A typically robust team-talk ended with Sjors having to hold Steven back after the similarly robust Italian tried to give Bjorn one ear-flick for every touch his direct opponent had had in the first half. Calm heads prevailed and the Herstonians returned to the pitch for the second half.
It was, unfortunately, more of the same. A plethora of excellent chances, and a much smaller plethora of shots on target, couldn’t produce a goal. But it was a dominant second-half display from the Hatchets, and many positives can be taken away from the friendly. Not least of which was a man-of-the-match performance from debutant Adam B at full back, who finally put paid to the perennial question that has been asked of him – “he can do it in the USA, but can he do it on a cold rainy Friday night at Jack Speare Park, Taringa?”
It’s back to the training pitch for UQ Med’s finest ahead of their season opener in two weeks time. Eager fans of the Club will know to keep their eyes on the website and Facebook page for news on the fixture when/if it is released by the good citizens at QIF.